August 18, 2014 Leave a comment Hackers can hit you through YouTube By Komando Staff, Komando.com photo courtesy of shutterstock You know that funny YouTube video you watched last week? It could've been used by hackers to gain access to your computer. Companies like HackingTeam and FinFisher are selling hacking tools to the highest bidder that let them use unencrypted websites to take over your stuff.In order to do this, they inject malicious content into people’s everyday Internet browsing traffic. One way that Hacking Team accomplishes this is by taking advantage of unencrypted YouTube video streams to compromise users. The Hacking Team device targets a user, waits for that user to watch a YouTube clip like the one above, and intercepts that traffic and replaces it with malicious code that gives the operator total control over the target’s computer without his or her knowledge. Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire from Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs found that the hack can also affect Microsoft's login.live.com. Both Google and Microsoft have worked to fix the security flaw after they found out about it.But, that doesn't mean you're safe. These hacking tools can take advantage of any content on the Internet that's not encrypted.The scary thing is the tool only costs about $1 million. That's a lot of money to you and me, but it's actually cheap for governments that want to get their hands on this technology. It's already been used against protesters and journalists in Bahrain, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia. FinFisher also sold the tool to "at least one private security company."To protect your computers and gadgets, make sure you're visiting secure websites. Click here to find out if the sites you visit are encrypted. BREAKING NEWS, TIPS, AND MORE LIKED WHAT YOU READ? GET MORE IN YOUR INBOX FREE. Stay up-to-date the easy way. SIGN ME UP! Please share this information with everyone. Just click on any of these social media buttons. Email Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Source: The Intercept Security & Privacy Cybersecurity Encryption Hacking YouTube Previous Happening Now Hackers steal 4.5 million patient hospital records Next Happening Now Exciting details about YouTube's game-changing new service Related Articles Sponsor: The latest threats in cybersecurity you need to know right now Backup your Gmail account with this free download Cyberattack: A big one is coming, prepare now Sponsor Content: Is your online safety at risk and you don't even know it?